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Safety warning after river death
The River Ericht (pic by Undiscovered Scotland)
Mr Ferguson died in the River Ericht
The death of a man in a Perthshire river has prompted the local council to issue a public warning to users of the area's waterways.

Colin Ferguson, 37, from Blairgowrie, died on Sunday after jumping into the River Ericht to save his dog.

Perth and Kinross Council also warned young people not to jump from Perth's Queen's Bridge into the River Tay.

Mr Ferguson entered the water near a part of the river called Cargill's Leap after seeing his dog struggling.

'Dangerous activity'

But he got into difficulties himself.

Perth and Kinross Council community safety convener Alistair Barr said: "This tragedy highlights just how dangerous water can be and so we are asking the public to be aware of the dangers.

NATIONAL WATER SAFETY FORUM GUIDELINES
Look out for safety notices near areas of water
Nobody should go near water alone, especially children
Never jump in to help somebody in difficulty, but call 999 and leave rescuing to the emergency services
Check the weather forecast before sailing

"Perth and Kinross is a beautiful area and people will be out in force this summer enjoying all it has to offer, but when anyone is near water they should observe some basic safety rules."

On the issue of bridge jumpers, Mr Barr added: "This activity is very dangerous.

"The river is full of currents and people could misjudge the depth of water they are jumping into and injure themselves on the river bed.

"Our advice is that no-one should go swimming in any large body of water in the area. That way, safety is guaranteed."


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